Actor Sawamura Tosshô II as Akogi Shurei, from an untitled series of actor portraits

「阿古木主鈴 沢村訥升」(二代目)

Japanese
Meiji era
1869 (Meiji 2), 4th month
Artist Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Publisher Gusokuya Kahei (Japanese), Blockcutter Ôta Masukichi (Hori Masu) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 403-0323

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 36.4 x 24.8 cm (14 5/16 x 9 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.16141

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Kunichika hitsu

国周筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Snake 4 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Horikô Ôta Masukichi tô

改印:巳四改
彫師:彫工太田升吉刀

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection